ARC REVIEW: Gone Too Far by Natalie D. Richards

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TITLE: Gone Too Far
AUTHOR: Natalie D. Richards
PUBLICATION: Expected publication: January 6th 2015 by Sourcebooks Fire
GENRE: YA > Mystery
PAGES: 304pages (paperback)
SOURCE: arc via publisher
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4 ★★★★

 
 
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Keeping secrets ruined her life. But the truth might just kill her.
Piper Woods can’t wait for the purgatory of senior year to end. She skirts the fringes of high school like a pro until the morning she finds a notebook with mutilated photographs and a list of student sins. She’s sure the book is too gruesome to be true, until pretty, popular Stella dies after a sex-tape goes viral. Everyone’s sure it’s suicide, but Piper remembers Stella’s name from the book and begins to suspect something much worse.
Drowning in secrets she doesn’t want to keep, Piper’s fears are confirmed when she receives an anonymous text message daring her to make things right. All she needs to do is choose a name, the name of someone who deserves to be punished…
 
 
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REVIEW:

 

This is definitely one of my fastest read this year. It made my heart race, it kept me guessing and it made me stay up all night. It made me forget that I have a bladder and that I have to feed myself. I don’t know about you but those are signs of a good and brilliant book. This is my first from Natalie D. Richards and I honestly don’t know why. I’ve read good things about her first novel, Six Months Later and I can’t wait to be lost again in the mystery of that novel.

Piper is an interesting MC. She’s smart and creative and full of understandable flaws. When it comes to mystery/thriller books, main characters are really important because they have to voice out what the readers are thinking. It is pure torture if the MC are irritating and not asking the obvious questions. Thank the book gods that Piper is not like that. The other supporting characters are well crafted as well. I suspected everyone to be honest.

But of course, the mystery is the reason that Gone Too Far is a success. Natalie’s writing is really easy to get lost into. Like I mentioned above, this is a fast red for me. I stayed up all night. And when I guessed who the culprit was and found out in the end that I was right, I did my weird celebratory dance in the middle of the night (and the world will never know) Gone Too Far also showed how high school can mess up someone. I was never a fan of high school and I’m pretty much trying to forget those years but I’m still thankful that I did not end up like the culprit.

Overall, Gone Too Far is really a brilliant and exceptional book. The plot is well thought, the characters are believable and if you’re looking for a stay-up-all-night-forget-everything kind of read, this is it!

 

 

 

AUTHOR:

 

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At seven, Natalie D. Richards wrote about Barbara Frances Bizzlefishes (who wouldn’t dare do the dishes.) Now she writes about awesome girls, broody boys, and all things dark and creepy. Natalie lives in Ohio (Go Bucks!) with her techno-wiz husband, three amazing kids, and a seventy pound dust-mop who swears he’s the family dog. Her psychological thriller, Six Months Later, will be released in October 1, 2013 by Sourcebooks Fire. Until then, you’ll probably find her writing her next book or trying to wade through the towers of dog-eared paperbacks that have taken over her bedroom.

 

 

 

 

 

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REVIEW: Misplaced by Lee Murray a.k.a yay for likeable male lead! + Giveaway!

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AUTHOR: Lee Murray

PUBLICATION: Published December 1st 2013

GENRE: NA > Contemporay | Mystery

PAGES: 284pages (Kindle Edition)

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RATING: 3 ★★★

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Dream cars have no registration plate.. One evening, Adam’s mum pops out for the milk and doen’t come back, launching a frantic nationwide search. Yet after weeks with no leads, the television crews drift away, the police start asking hairy questions, and Adam’s dad starts seeing someone else. Adam’s life is falling apart. But then he meets Skye, who it seems has misplaced a part too, and things start to look up. That is, until a body is found…

 

REVIEW:

If my mother ever goes out to buy milk then didn’t come back? I’ll probably lose some part of me and  just break down and I honestly don’t know how to go on from there. But that’s just me. And it’s probably a good thing that we buy milk together… Like all of us. When it’s grocery day.

Anyway, that’s why I admire Adam. I love that he’s a teenage guy, and even though guy’s are all about looking as if nothing ever fazes them, Adam here is real. He shows and talks and expresses what he’s feeling about his situation vividly. Adam’s mother disappeared, without any clue or trails left behind. The last thing he knew was that her mother left to get milk in the store, a task that is supposed to be his, and she didn’t come back.

There are a lot of things that needs to be dealt here, like, Adam’s response, he’s Father’s reaction, and how people are going to act around them and so on. Because first of all, this things happen. People disappear. I’ve seen it on news and I’ve read some cases of them online. And you know what? It just breaks my heart all the time because I can’t imagine how and what is going through in the mind of the people they left.

Misplaced is a realistic and sensitive portrayal if you want to know the answer about that matter. Lee Murrays characters are authentic and the setting and dialogues in the book are well thought. When I started reading Misplaced, I thought that I’ll probably enjoy it because of the mystery behind Adams mothers disappearance. And yes, it really bothered and nagged me the whole time, but I was more focused on Adam. On how he deals with things throughout the book with the help of his friends and Skye. I love how the romance isn’t so rushed and pointless. It was delicately handled.

Giving it a 3 star rating doesn’t mean it’s a bad book. Nuh-uh. In this case, I just had some problems with the ending. It is true that the ending is appropriate for the story but I just… didn’t like it. (it’s a personal reason, i guess) but other than that, I didn’t encounter any problem at all. Overall, Misplaced is a thought provoking and everything about this book is sincere. With a straightforward writing and genuine characters, Misplaced deserves all the praise that it’s getting.

 

 

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Lee Murray is a full-time writer and editor with masters degrees in science and management. Lee wrote Misplaced after a friend, Florence, went missing from her home in France in 2003. Sadly, Florence is still missing. Lee lives in Tauranga, New Zealand with her husband and their two teenaged children.

 

 

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